Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!

Here’s a peek at what our members have been up to this month:

Erik Brooks has final cover art/design to share for July’s Later, Gator! (Sterling Children’s Books), and he couldn’t be more pleased. He is also excited to Skype with Schickler Elementary for his first World Read Aloud Day on February 24.

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Martha Brockenbrough was on the national SCBWI faculty in New York, where she taught techniques in social media. She also interviewed Rainbow Rowell. She’ll be visiting a community in Kansas City in March, and a school in Connecticut in April.

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Patrick Jennings has been visiting schools in the Sno-Isle Library District as his book, Odd, Weird & Little is on the reading list for their Mega-Fun, Biblioday-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Reading Challenge. He’s also been doing Skype visits with participating schools that he’s not visiting. (There are 40 schools participating in the challenge!) The kids, all in third grade, are super-excited about participating (i.e. studying the books that they will be quizzed on in team competitions). He’s been having a ball!

Patrick’s drawing pad after a presentation. They wrote a story in fifteen minutes based on audience suggestions.
A librarian’s jacket with last year’s book list embroidered on it

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Dana Sullivan writes: I just had a GREAT experience in New York City! While there for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators winter conference, I stopped in at the 42nd St. Public Library, where I met Louise C. Lareau, the children’s librarian. She grabbed some of my books off the shelves, which I signed. THEN I got to sign the author guest book! And THEN I got a NYC library card! You don’t have to be a NY resident and it’s good for three months. I don’t have any plans for checking books out, but I flash that card whenever I can. The next day I went back for a visit and my books were on display. I definitely  ♥ New York!


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Earlier this month, Laurie Ann Thompson presented to 130 young changemakers at the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS) Student Diversity Leadership Retreat for middle school. Students learned about acceptance and social justice, brainstormed ideas and plans for how they could increase diversity and inclusion at their schools, and then shared their best ideas with the group. It was an inspiring event for all! Laurie also spoke recently about how to Be a Changemaker to a mixed group of students and adults on behalf of the Newcastle Youth Community Engagement Program.

In awards news, My Dog Is the Best was awarded a 2015 Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB), and Emmanuel’s Dream is a finalist for the 2016-2017 Georgia Children’s Picture Book (Gr. K-4) Award!


Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

I write books for curious young minds and open hearts, no matter what their age. BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen guide to saving the world, will be published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September of 2014. EMMANUEL'S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH, a picture-book biography, will be published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January of 2015. And MY DOG IS THE BEST, a heartwarming fictional picture book, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May of 2015.

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